Domestic Students

Nan Tien Institute welcomes students from all over Australia. This unique education, with its strong foundation on multicultural and practical life applications, is ideal for students from all backgrounds.

Innovative and distinctive subjects and courses are designed to enhance and enrich lives, and students are empowered with an education that is mobile, crosses geographic precincts and cultural, digital and educational borders, and has numerous transferable and adaptable applications.

You are classed as a Domestic Student if you are any one of the following:

  • Australian citizen
  • Permanent resident
  • New Zealand citizen

If you do not meet one of these criteria, you are an International Student.

Preparing Your Application

When you are ready to apply, please have the following supporting documentation ready. You can upload these documents at Step 5 of your online application:

  • Passport, birth certificate, or citizenship certificate (or evidence of permanent residency)
  • Academic transcripts/testamurs from previous tertiary study
  • Current resume/CV
  • Proof of change of name (if applicable)
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (if applicable, please see English Language Requirements tab below)

Do you have any questions about applying? Contact one of our friendly enrolment advisors:

Phone: 1300 323 261
Phone/SMS: 0402 551 223
Email: study@nantien.edu.au or contact us via our contact page.

English Language Requirements

All NTI classes are taught in English. In addition to the academic requirements for course admission, all students are required to demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency, either through a recognised English language test, previous studies, or citizenship. The Selection and Admission Policy details NTI’s English language requirements.

English language test

The minimum English language test scores required for direct entry are provided below. English language test results must be no more than two (2) years old at the time of application:

Recognised English Language Test Minimum Scores Required for Direct Entry
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Test Overall score from 6.5, with no sub-band score less than 6.0.
C1 Advanced
(formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced)
Overall score from 176, with no score less than 169 in any paper.
Person Test of English (PTE) Academic Overall score from 62, with no band score less than 54.
Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) Overall score from 79, with no score lower than 13 for reading, 12 for listening, 18 for speaking, and 21 for writing.

Students who do not meet the English language requirements for direct entry (as outlined above), may be eligible to study with NTI after successfully completing a recognised English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course.

Students who achieve English language test scores equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.0, with no sub-band score less than 5.5, may be issued with a conditional offer to complete an EAP course prior to commencing their principle course with NTI.

NTI partners with Canterbury Language Academy to provide students with EAP courses that will assist them in succeeding academically. Students can contact the Student Services Office for further information about EAP courses.


Due to COVID-19, many English language testing centres around the world have temporarily closed to protect the health and safety of test-takers and staff.

Due to this, NTI is currently accepting results from the following alternative English language tests:

TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition
TOEFL ITP® Plus for China Solution

For direct entry to NTI, students require an overall score from 548, with no score lower than 47 for reading, 47 for listening, and 59 for structure and written expression.

Students who complete the TOEFL ITP Plus for China Solution test must send their test results to NTI via the Vericant School Portal. Students can contact Student Services with any questions about taking alternative English language tests during COVID-19.

Previous study in English

Students who can demonstrate that they have successfully completed a substantial component (at least one-year full-time study) of an Australia higher education degree (at AQF Level 7 or higher), within the past two (2) years (and while studying on a student visa), may meet NTI’s English language requirements. Students can demonstrate this by providing their academic transcripts from an accredited Australian higher education institution.

Students may also meet NTI’s English language requirements if they have successfully completed two (2) years of higher education study with a recognised institution (within the last two years) where:

  • the language of instruction was English, OR
  • the institution is in a country where the official language is English

Exemptions based on a student’s previous study in English are granted on a case-by-case basis. A student’s previous study in English does not guarantee course admission.


Students who are a citizen of one (1) of the following countries may be exempt from providing evidence of English language proficiency:

  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • New Zealand
  • Canada
  • Republic of Ireland

Exemptions based on a student’s citizenship are granted on a case-by-case basis. Citizenship does not guarantee course admission.

Students who have any questions about the English language requirements for studying with NTI can contact Student Services for further information.



Nan Tien Institute (NTI) is a private, not for profit, government accredited higher education provider offering studies in the areas of Buddhist studies, health and wellbeing, within an environment that incorporates contemplative education.

NTI offers postgraduate programs in Applied Buddhist Studies, Health and Social Wellbeing, Humanistic Buddhism, and Mental Health as well as customised Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs and special interest subjects across the areas of meditation, mindfulness and health.

In accordance with the current restrictions our campus facilities are closed. You can continue to study online and our virtual library services remain available. Our academic and student services staff are online and by phone to assist you. Please stay safe.